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A life course approach to women’s health: linking the past, present, and future

Diana Kuh and Rebecca Hardy

in A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632890
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0018

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

A life course approach to women’s health: linking the past, present, and future

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The aim of this book has been to review the factors at each stage of a women's life that contribute first to her reproductive health and then to her burden of morbidity and mortality in middle-age. This chapter highlights some of the key findings, common themes, and gaps in knowledge raised by contributors to this book. Elucidating the complex pathways between childhood and adult life presents theoretical and methodological challenges for life course epidemiology and some of these are discussed briefly. The chapter concludes by commenting on the relevance of the book's findings for policy and for understanding the future health of women born in the post-war period who are just reaching middle-age.

Keywords: women's health; life stages; risk factors; disease; reproductive health; morbidity; mortality

Chapter.  8960 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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